RuairÍ’s Rocket To Heaven by Breege Hoyne

Ruairi’s rocket to heaven is a children’s book about sibling loss. It is written to help families, carers and professionals explore, and navigate the difficult topic of death and bereavement with children from the age of 4+ years old.

The story is about the life and love between two brothers, Charlie and RuairÍ, their time together, and Charlie’s journey navigating life after his brother’s death.

In the first part of the story, it describes a beautiful little boy RuairÍ, his life with his older brother Charlie and the things they enjoyed together e.g. playing, bath-time, cuddles and more. The second part of the story is about Charlie’s experience of RuairÍ’s death and the support that has helped him since.


I am Breege, living in suburban London, with my husband Shane, my energetic and amazing son Charlie, who grounds me in all that is good and right in this world, our goofy dog Rufus and our two cats Freddy and Monkey. I am also Mom to RuairÍ, my beautiful, sweet and oh so fierce little boy. RuairÍ devastatingly died in 2018 from a rare and terminal disorder when he was just one years old.

RuairÍ’s life, and his death, have taken me on the biggest journey of my life. As I navigate this life every day, holding my heart and the hearts of my son Charlie and my husband Shane delicately, I am finding a new and different meaning through writing. Writing is how I navigate my grief, my life and how I honour and remember my son. I share some of these stories on my instagram page, you can find me at

As part of my writing I have written this children’s book. After RuairÍ died I turned to books to help Charlie understand his feelings and I couldn’t find a lot out there to help him. At the same time Charlie was drawing a lot and he drew a picture of his little brother going to heaven in a rocket. This idea inspired me to write this story, the story of the life and everlasting love between two brothers, and Charlie’s journey navigating his life after the death of RuairÍ.

It is my heartfelt hope that this story will help other young children and their families in their journey after the death of their sibling.

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